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Dionysus (The Early Years) Jealousy

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Hera's jealousy over her husband's affair with Semele is pretty destructive to say the least. The Queen of the Gods is widely known for her penchant for nasty revenge, but this one really takes the cake. Usually, Hera just tortures Zeus's lovers a bit, but in this story she tricks Semele into requesting her own complete and total destruction by Zeus himself. Not that we're condoning this sort of behavior, but in Hera's defense, Zeus is the worst husband ever when it comes to being faithful. It seems like she's got plenty of reason to be angry. Too bad her jealousy never seems to fall on the big guy himself.

Questions About Jealousy

  1. Hera has good reason to be jealous, but does it justify her actions? Why, or why not?
  2. What are some examples of Hera's jealousy from other myths? Click here for clues.
  3. Compare Hera's treatment of Semele to one of Zeus's other lovers like Io.
  4. Pretend jealousy is a drink at Starbucks. What would it consist of?
  5. Is jealousy ever a good thing? Why, or why not?

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